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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (530 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tatjana Soli Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From Tatjana Soli, New York Times bestselling author of The Lotus Eaters, comes a breathtaking novel about the members of a California ranching family, their complicated matriarch, and the enigmatic caretaker who may destroy them.

When Claire Nagy marries Forster Baumsarg, the only son of prominent California citrus ranchers, she knows she’s consenting to a life of hard work, long days, and worry-fraught nights. But her love for Forster is so strong that she turns away from her literary education and embraces the life of the ranch, succumbing to its intoxicating rhythms and bounty until her love of the land becomes a part of her. Not even the tragic, senseless death of her son Joshua at kidnappers’ hands, her alienation from her two daughters, or the dissolution of her once-devoted marriage can pull her from the ranch she’s devoted her life to preserving.

But despite having survived the most terrible of tragedies, Claire is about to face her greatest struggle: an illness that threatens not only to rip her from her land but take her very life. And she’s chosen a caregiver, the inscrutable, Caribbean-born Minna, who may just be the darkest force of all.

Haunting, tough, triumphant, and profound, The Forgetting Tree explores the intimate ties we have to one another, the deepest fears we keep to ourselves, and the calling of the land that ties every one of us together.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Soli’s elegant and sensuous prose will keep you spellbound.”

    Maria Semple, New York Times bestselling author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

  • “Beautiful and harrowing…[the] characters are unforgettable.”

    Richard Russo, New York Times bestselling author of That Old Magic Cape

  • “A haunting debut novel…quietly mesmerizing.”

    New York Times

  • “The story here is complex and expansive, and Soli’s prose is reminiscent of Eudora Welty’s. Like that writer, Soli’s sentences are tied to the land, and the effect is that, as much as this is a story about people, it is also a story about place and the imprint that each makes on the other.”

    Daily Beast

  • “A lush, haunting novel for readers who appreciate ambiguity, this work should establish Soli as a novelist with depth and broad scope.”

    Library Journal

  • “Soli has again created characters readers will love and care about. She does so with deceptively simple grace: Their yearnings breeze right into your life…The Forgetting Tree is a journey worth taking.”

    BookPage

  • “Soli writes with such passion, it is inescapable, lyrical, and profoundly moving. The Forgetting Tree goes on my top-ten list.”

    Jonis Agee, author of The River Wife

  • One of the New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books in 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lexi | 2/17/2014

    " Really 3.5 stars, good character development, it was just hard to read about characters I didn't necessarily like. Well-written and a good audio choice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jill | 2/13/2014

    " Overall, I have to say that I did like this book. It was a pretty good book that held my attention throughout the book. The characters in the book were interesting. It was a little sad how the mother in the book ignored her husband and two daughters after her son was killed. How manipulative the character Marie was as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Pam Vandeursen | 2/10/2014

    " I loved her first book and loved the cover - that's reason enough to try a book right? Well, this book just couldn't figure out how to link the various story lines or where it wanted to go or how to get there. One strange voodoo mama that really through a curve ball into the mix. And we just never went anywhere. Can't recommend this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karen | 1/12/2014

    " While some passages were so beautifully, truthfully written I had to read them twice, I found the book very solemn and off-putting. I'm not against a depressing story, but the tone of this was just gray, and it didn't keep drawing me in. Does that make any sense? The story itself had me wondering about whether some of the characters would really respond/behave the way they were written, so at times it wasn't believeable, and I couldn't connect. I do buy into the idea that a person could want something so bad that is missing from their life, that if it presents itself, they will act irrationally to hold on to it, as was the case with the main character. I guess the bottom line is I can't recommend this one, but I did enjoy Tatjana Soli's last novel alot. "

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About the Author
Author Tatjana Soli

Tatjana Soli, born in Salzburg, Austria, and a graduate of Stanford, is an American novelist and short story writer. Her novels have won such awards as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, made the short list for the Los Angeles Book Prize, and made the list of New York Times Notable Books. Her stories have appeared in StoryQuarterly, Confrontation, Gulf Coast, and other publications. Her work has twice been listed in the 100 Distinguished Stories in Best American Short Stories.